Panic

Panic is a sudden sensation of fear, typically so strong that it prevents logical thinking and may trigger a fight-or-flight reaction. If you’ve ever experienced a panic attack, you know how frightening it can be – you might think you are having a heart attack or even dying. Panic attacks usually start without warning and come on suddenly. It is not uncommon for many people to experience one or two panic attacks over the course of their lifetimes. However, if you are experiencing frequent panic attacks, you may have panic disorder. Panic disorder is an anxiety disorder that, in addition to repeated panic attacks, may also include an intense and ongoing fear of having another attack that can affect your daily life. Whether you’ve just had one experience with a panic attack or you are suffering from recurrent panic attacks and suspect you might have panic disorder, a qualified mental health professional can help. Reach out to one of TherapyDen’s panic experts today.

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Your body is talking! And it wants you to listen. Our bodies and our brains work in tandem warning you of danger. Sometimes, our bodies perceive we are in danger even when we're not. A panic attack is a warning sign to fight, fight, or freeze! Together we will uncover undigested trauma, triggers, patterns, and nervous system regulation. Using EMDR, somatic, and embodiment practices you will start to notice what your body is trying to say and honor what it needs.

— Ivonne Melgar, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Sacramento, CA

I utilize an exposure and response prevention model (ERP) to help my clients manage feelings of panic related to anxiety, PTSD, or OCD.

— Sprout Therapy PDX, Licensed Professional Counselor in Portland, OR
 

Your body is talking! And it wants you to listen. Our bodies and our brains work in tandem warning you of danger. Sometimes, our bodies perceive we are in danger even when we're not. A panic attack is a warning sign to fight, fight, or freeze! Together we will uncover undigested trauma, triggers, patterns, and nervous system regulation. Using EMDR, somatic, and embodiment practices you will start to notice what your body is trying to say and honor what it needs.

— Ivonne Melgar, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Sacramento, CA

Gain Relief & Remission of Anxiety/Panic Attacks often the from 1st session. After first session is relief from experiencing a full blown panic attack, for the majority they are alleviated. Anxiety & panic attacks are really a Thinking dis-order. The combination of Hypnotherapy and Cognitive training facilitates recovery. The core issues are feeling "safe and in control in and of your life." It's your perception of the future. Whether it is 2 minutes, hours or days, am I safe.

— Kate Ellis, Hypnotherapist in Scottsdale, AZ, USA, AZ
 

Panic attacks can be debilitating, but they are treatable. I address panic disorders using a proven formula in addition to ACT for anxiety.

— Jessica Brohmer, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Santa Clara, CA

I have training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. All of these modalities are proven to be effective treatment options for panic attacks. Most importantly, I have lived experience with anxiety and panic...and lived recovery. I know what the cycle of fear and panic feels like deeply from the inside and I know how to help people out of it.

— Chelsea O'Day-Navis, Counselor in Grand Rapids, MI
 

Is it a heart attack? Am I dying? I feel so much pressure on my chest and feel like I'm about to pass out. These symptoms of panic are not to be taken lightly. They are terrible and often others don't understand how you are feeling and might think you are overreacting. Minimizing the risk of future panic attacks and knowing how to act during a panic attack is important and I will show you the skills to help get you on the right path.

— Tarah Holcomb, Licensed Professional Counselor in Leedey, OK

I have experience treating individuals experiencing panic attacks my entire career. I also focus a large portion of my continuing education toward learning new and refining old techniques for treating panic attacks.

— Brad Goebel, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Louisville, KY
 

I personally suffered from panic attacks and resolved this terrifying symptom 25 years ago in therapy. As a result, I am quite acquainted with the frustration, terror, and confusion that occurs with panic. I have treated numerous individuals with this difficulty and met with successful outcomes for those who persisted with the therpy.

— Barry Ross, Clinical Psychologist in Irvine, CA

Often when we're in a "panic attack", our bodies are responding disproportionately to the current situation. Yet there's a good reason for this. Even without our being aware, our minds create meanings from past circumstances that impact our present day-to-day feelings. I want to help you reduce moments of panic by (counterintuitively) bringing those moments more into our sessions together. When the panic is cared for - not pushed down - I see clients improve.

— Connor McClenahan, Psychologist in Los Angeles, CA
 

Panic/anxiety attacks are the body’s way of telling us there is a threat. Usually, in the 21st century, this threat isn’t a bear that will eat us (we aren’t hunter-gatherers anymore!). This threat can be financial issues, relationship conflicts, stress, or anxiety). We discuss your sympathetic/parasympathetic nervous system arousal, and effective strategies to reduce these panic attacks. They can happen spontaneously, so we analyze your triggers first.

— Kristen Casey, Psychologist